Latest AnTuTu rankings show how great the MediaTek Dimensity 1000L is

The Dimensity 1000L is a cheaper, "detuned" version of the Dimensity 1000. (Source: MediaTek)
The Dimensity 1000L is a cheaper, "detuned" version of the Dimensity 1000. (Source: MediaTek)
Most smartphone enthusiasts don't seem to like MediaTek chipsets. While there are solid reasons for that, performance isn't one of them anymore. For example, the new MediaTek Dimensity 1000L looks to be the most powerful SoC outside the flagship space.
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MediaTek's SoCs have a less than stellar reputation, especially among enthusiasts. There are a number of reasons for that, of course, but the entire thing may be overplayed this point, considering just how excellently the company's chipsets perform these days. The Helio G90T was a powerhouse in the mid-range, and the new Dimensity 1000L continues that stellar form.

Popular benchmark website AnTuTu has released its top ten best-performing mid-range phones of January 2020, and the Dimensity 1000L dominates the segment handily. The OPPO Reno 3 5G, powered by the Dimensity 1000L, is at the very top of the list, with a score of 397,965. Second position goes to the Vivo X30 Pro 5G with its Exynos 980 and a score of 326,851. 

Both phones have the same amount—and type—of RAM and storage, so that huge 20% advantage for the OPPO Reno 3 5G is mostly due to the CPU and GPU performance of the Dimensity 1000L.

Qualcomm's new sub-premium SoC, the Snapdragon 765G, is third. It comes aboard the Redmi K30 5G and records a score of 322,927. Back in November, the Kirin 810 was missing from the month's rankings. We expected it to compete with the Helio G90T—which topped the list with the Redmi Note 8 Pro back then—and it looks like our expectations were on point. The Kirin 810, aboard the Honor 9X Pro, outperforms both the Helio G90T and the Snapdragon 730G. It appears to be about 5% worse than the Snapdragon 765G.

While enthusiasts continue to have their reservations over MediaTek SoCs, it's a bit hard to argue with the raw performance they offer. The Taiwanese company now consistently offers class-leading performance, while undercutting the competition in terms of pricing. Qualcomm has a monopoly of the mobile chipset market, and it'll be interesting to see if MediaTek grows large enough to challenge that.


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Ricci Rox, 2020-02-15 (Update: 2020-02-15)
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I'm a freelance copywriter who lives and dies for tech. Android, ​especially. The smartphone market is one going through an impressive growth spurt, so I crawl the Internet with keen interest in a technological ecosystem that doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon.